I apologize for my absence! Between my one year wedding anniversary, my birthday, our anniversary/birthday/Disney vacation, pneumonia, and Thanksgiving, I haven’t had a lot of time to blog! BUT I’m back and better than ever… with some great ideas, new techniques, fresh product reviews, and new upcoming tutorials. IT’S GOOD TO BE BACK!!
So… I know you’ve all been seeing Instagram, Pinterest, and other Social Media Stars and Beauty Buffs’ latest trend of Fire-y Red, Copper-y Red, and Burgundy eyeshadows. And personally, I AM IN LOVE with this trend. This year the most popular beauty brands have been releasing GORGEOUS Red and Burgundy based eyeshadow palettes. With the 2016 release of Anastasia Beverly Hills’ “Master Palette by Mario”, (which is unfortunately sold out and discontinued), and Anastasia Beverly Hill’s “Renaissance” Eyeshadow Palette, we were all exposed to the beautiful shades of warm, red based, eyeshadows, and how much they can accentuate our eyes.
Now that Urban Decay has released their “Naked Heat” Palette, and Tarte has released their “Toasted” Palette, it seems like reds, coppers, and Burgundy are here to stay, and will be trending for quite some time. There are a lot of other beauty brands who are following suite, so today I will be talking about the best and most beautiful red based eyeshadow palettes that just so happen to be PERFECT for the Holiday Season.
Urban Decay “Naked Heat” Eyeshadow Palette: $54 http://www.sephora.com
Urban Decay has gained popularity over the past few years with their release of the “Naked” palettes. And for very good reason. The “Naked” palettes offer a variety of nudes, golds, and natural looking eyeshadows, that can be transformed from a “day look” to a “night look”, with ease. And ever since the popular “Naked” Palettes took the beauty world by storm, other products from Urban Decay, like the “Naked Skin” Foundation, and the “Naked Skin” concealers and color correctors have been flying off the shelves at the most popular beauty and makeup stores. Reds and Burgundys aren’t exactly “nude” shades, but Urban Decay found a way to incorporate the latest eyeshadow trend into a brand new “Naked” Palette, which is none other than the “Naked Heat” Palette.
The “Naked Heat” palette offers 12 color options that are warm reds, coppers, and golds, and is a mix of matte and shimmery shades. The palette also comes with a double ended eyeshadow brush, which is extremely soft, and picks up product very well. Reds actually tend to look extremely natural on the eye. You may be thinking, “Well I try to get rid of ‘red skin’ with concealers and yellowish hue powders….”. While that’s true, the reds that are offered in the latest red based eyeshadow palettes, are completely different than “red skin”. Obviously. And the “Naked Heat” palette is a blend of subtle reds, coppers, a few yellowish toned golds, a Burgundy, and coppery-red browns. The color assortment is absolutely gorgeous, and they go hand in hand with today’s latest eyeshadow trends. The pigment is average…. which is true for all of the “Naked” palettes. And even though Urban Decay is known for (and one of the pioneers of) their extremely bright and bold colored hues, the pigmentation payoff isn’t exactly anything to write home about. BUT if you use a good eyeshadow primer (Urban Decay offers four different eyeshadow primers, which the two that I’ve tried are extremely good).
Eyeshadow primer comes in handy for any eyeshadow out there. I never really decided to use it until recently. I honestly thought it was another gimmicky product trend, but priming your eyes for shadow application really does help a TON, with product luminosity, AND wear time. Just always make sure you apply it evenly, or you could be stuck with eyeshadow flaking off, OR a line that can show up in photos (I’ll do a post about the BEST Eyeshadow Primers in the near future).
So, all in all I give Urban Decay’s “Naked Heat” palette 3.5 out of 5 stars, losing most of the points for the “so-so” pigment and the amount of product offered. Urban Decay should really work on their pigment game. I absolutely LOVE their products, but as far as the “Naked” palettes go, the pigment could use a BIG boost.
Tarte “Tartelette Toasted” Eyeshadow Palette: $46 http://www.tartecosmetics.com
Tarte’s new “Tartelette Toasted” Eyeshadow Palette, is the latest and most gorgeous eyeshadow palette from Tarte. The 12 colors in the palette, are a mix of matte and shimmery shades, which are warm reds, golds, coppers, and a BEAUTIFUL Burgundy shade. (*NOTE* The Burgundy shade, “Fireside”, is a brown hued Burgundy, unlike the “Naked Heat” Burgundy shade, “Ashes” which a purple based). I actually prefer the colors in the “Tartelette Toasted” palette over the “Naked Heat” palette, because I feel that the color payoff is richer, and the pigmentation is higher. It just depends on what beauty brand you prefer, and what color assortment you like better. A lot of Beauty Buff’s are staying true to their “Naked” roots, BUT I definitely suggest trying the “Tartelette Toasted” palette, if you are trying to decide on a red based eyeshadow palette. The “Tartelette Toasted” palette doesn’t come with an eyeshadow brush, which is fine by me, because I already have my favorite eyeshadow brushes that I use for every palette I own, anyways.
Like I stated before, with all eyeshadow products, the pigment and color always shows up more vibrant with an eyeshadow primer, so make sure you apply your favorite eyeshadow primer to your lids, before applying. The pigment is very good as far as the “Tarlette Toasted” palette goes, but it’s always nicer to have product stay put, and look more vibrant.
All in all, I give the “Tartelette Toasted” palette 4 out of 5 stars. The pigment could be better, but the shades this palette offers are one of a kind, and GORGEOUS. The amount offered in each pan is more than the amount offered in the “Naked Heat” pans, so that’s also a plus.
Natasha Denona “Sunset Palette”: $129 http://www.sephora.com
$129…. $129 for an eyeshadow palette. You may be thinking this is some kind of pricing faux pas, but it’s not, I assure you. And the truth of the matter is, is that this palette is WORTH EVERY. SINGLE. DIME.
Firstly, the pigmentation in the colors offered, is INSANE. The product picks up on any professional (or drugstore) eyeshadow brush, like a dream, producing pigment and colors that are so bright, and so vivid, that they look exactly the same as they do sitting in the eyeshadow pan. SERIOUSLY. They are absolutely gorgeous, and with pigment this high, these eyeshadow colors will last you A LONG TIME (depending on usage, and if you are a MUA who uses this palette, daily, on clients, etc.). This 15 pan eyeshadow palette offers gorgeous “Sunset-esque” colors (via the name), which go hand in hand with the beauty industry’s sudden obsession with warm/red based eyeshadow colors and palettes.
Have you ever had to literally, DIG out eyeshadow from a palette and layer it on just to get a “so-so” version of the color you are trying to apply? I have. And it’s NOT fun. It’s also a waste of money and time. With Natasha Denona’s “Sunset Palette”, you literally, get what you see. One swipe with your favorite eyeshadow brush, applying it to skin, and BOOM. You get the color that you see. No layering. No “falling” eyeshadow on your face, vanity, makeup bag, bra, dress, skirt, etc. No wasted makeup. And that’s just ONE of the reasons why the 15 color eyeshadow palette earns it’s $129 price tag.
If you’re still not convinced, I can break it down to you in numbers:
M.A.C Single Eyeshadow: $16 (just ONE single eyeshadow)
M.A.C 15 Eyeshadow Palette: $65 $65/15 = $4.33 per shadow in palette
M.A.C Eyeshadows in GRAMS (per eyeshadow pan): 1.5 grams
Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette: $129 $129/15 = $8.60 per shadow in palette
Natasha Denona Eyeshadow in GRAMS (per eyeshadow pan): 2.5 grams (ONE WHOLE GRAM OF MORE product in an eyeshadow pan compared to M.A.C)
So basically, it’s like you’d be paying $8.60 per eyeshadow X 15, for a Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette. And compared to single eyeshadow prices from M.A.C ($16) and getting ONE FULL GRAM more than a M.A.C single eyeshadow, it’s DEFINITELY worth the $129 splurge. It’s also the reason that NARS single eyeshadows are $26 for a single, compared to M.A.C’s $16 per single eyeshadow. NARS single eyeshadows have 2.2 grams worth of product in them…. So in the end, it’s all about how much product you are getting for your money. And after you break down the numbers, it makes sense to purchase the $129 Natasha Denona Palette, versus a M.A.C single eyeshadow (or building your own palette from single eyeshadows from M.A.C). PLUS the pigments in these shadows are extremely intense and high, so they will last you longer, because you won’t be constantly trying to layer on the color to make it more vibrant. I promise you, this palette will NOT disappoint.
All in all I give this palette the coveted review of 5 out of 5 stars. The pigment is ON POINT. The colors; GORGEOUS. The amount of product offered in each pan is ONE GRAM higher than most eyeshadow product offered in a single pan (in a palette or single shadow container).
Colourpop “YES PLEASE” Eyeshadow Palette: $16 http://www.colourpop.com
If you’re still a little shocked about the pricing of the “Sunset Palette” by Natasha Denona, here is a palette that won’t burn a hole in your pocketbook, but still will give you those fiery reds, gorgeous golds, and eye popping yellows, on a budget; Colourpop’s “YES PLEASE” Eyeshadow Palette.
Colourpop is one of the beauty industry’s rising star’s as far as lower priced (but still good) makeup products go. And the “YES PLEASE” palette is one of my favorite’s that Colourpop has to offer. The 12 shades offered are both fiery and on point with the warm, red based, palette trend. And for $16, you really have nothing to lose. The pigment is fairly good, and it picks up well on any eyeshadow brush. MAKE SURE YOU USE AN EYESHADOW PRIMER, because lower priced palettes like this one, usually need to be layered on for the desired effect. And eyeshadow primers definitely make that possible.
I give Colourpop’s “YES PLEASE” palette 3.75 out of 5 stars. The price is great, but most points are lost due to the lack of pigment, and also the amount of product you need to layer on for the desired effect. The colors are worth buying (and having on hand), just because they really are gorgeous hues.
If you are looking for something that is based on quality AND quantity, I’m going to have to say that Natasha Denona’s “Sunset Palette” is the best option. It’s cost effective; especially when broken down into dollars per gram, etc. It’s HIGHLY pigmented, so the palette will literally last you longer than ANY of the other palettes combined. It’s definitely worth the splurge!
If you have any other palettes that you absolutely love, and want me to review them, or simply you just want to tell the world how amazing (or bad) they are; EMAIL ME!
Have A Fab Day, Beauties!